Upcoming hydrogen-powered Hyperion XP-1 sedan uses tech developed for NASA
California-based start-up Hyperion Motors has teased the Hyperion XP-1 powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell, which they believe to be the future of zero-emissions performance cars. The XP-1 in the intentionally vague teaser images, appears to wear pretty curvaceous bodywork, and its four-door layout points to it being a Tesla Model S/Porsche Taycan rival. Suitably low to the ground, the Hyperion XP-1 also carries less aggressive styling than other boutique supercar/GT manufacturers, at least from what we can see so far.
Hyperion has been very secretive about the details of the XP-1, which has reportedly been in development since 2016. What we do know is that its hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain will reportedly draw from Hyperion's experience in developing and manufacturing space-age technology for NASA, under its other verticals, Hyperion Energy and Hyperion Aerospace.
Hyperion, founded in 2011, by a team of experts has since grown to over 200 people. With the goal of offering low-cost hydrogen fuel across America, Hyperion may be able to revolutionise hydrogen fuel-cell technology in the same way that Tesla did for electric vehicles. Currently, hydrogen fuel-cells have seen a low uptake in the world of personal mobility thanks to a relatively scattered network for refuelling, though the benefits of hydrogen power compared to electric as a renewable source of energy is pretty apparent, with the far quicker refuelling times a fuel-cell vehicle requires. One of the more popular FCVs, the Toyota Mirai offers between 500-600km of real-world zero-emissions driving range on a single tank of hydrogen.
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